Rahmo Abdi

Director of Campaigns & Organizing, Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA)

As the Director of Campaigns and Organizing, Rahmo works with the leadership team to ensure PANA accomplishes its organizational priorities. She trains and meets regularly with PANA’s organizers providing direct community support.

Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, Rahmo came to the United States as a refugee and

personally understands the many difficulties of adjusting to life in a new country while preserving your cultural heritage. Wanting to help others overcome those challenges, Rahmo began working with young women from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa and founded the International Refugee Girls Association. Her work there focused on keeping first generation immigrants connected with their native cultures, as well as stressing the importance of education, financial literacy, self-esteem, and sexual health issues in a new environment.

Prior to joining PANA, Rahmo was the Executive Director of Somali Youth United,

where she worked to ensure young people acquire the critical skills necessary for success in today’s fast-paced, global society. One of her particular passions is promoting access and exposure to S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) for women and girls throughout the African diaspora. In addition, Rahmo has been a strong advocate for increased access to healthcare in the Somali and East African community.

Rahmo’s history of community service has led to numerous accolades and awards,

including “Young Woman of the Year” from the Refugee Women’s Network, “Unsung Hero” during Black History Month where she was featured on FOX 5 San Diego, and Bank of America’s “Local Hero” award.

A long-time resident of City Heights, Rahmo and her husband Abdisalam Farah have six children – four girls and two boys.